What are the Symptoms of SAD?

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What Are the Symptoms of SAD?

The symptoms of SAD are similar to those of depression, including feelings of hopelessness, lack of energy, changes in appetite and sleep patterns, and difficulty concentrating.

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Alex is an AYO Co-Founder with over a decade of experience in Circadian Health. His background includes technology, health & fitness, and marketing.

The symptoms of SAD are similar to those of depression, including feelings of hopelessness, lack of energy, changes in appetite and sleep patterns, and difficulty concentrating. However, SAD is distinct in that it occurs during the months when there is less sunlight. Studies have shown that it can be relieved by exposure to light.

 

People with SAD may experience a range of symptoms, including:

 

  • Loss of interest in activities they once enjoyed
  • Irritability or agitation
  • Changes in appetite (usually craving carbohydrates)
  • Difficulty sleeping or oversleeping
  • Fatigue or low energy levels
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Feelings of worthlessness or guilt
  • Social withdrawal and isolation
  • Thoughts of self-harm or suicide
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